A positive forecast at the annual ‘State of the Shore’ event

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

It was a positive forecast this year at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 17th annual State of the Shore event. A report looked at wave heights, water levels, and storm duration from September to April — three key factors in beach erosion.

Jon Miller, a research associate professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, explained that New Jersey’s beaches are in very good condition this year because of very few storms and a lot of beach replenishment efforts since Hurricane Sandy.

As for the ocean’s water quality, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Catherine McCabe used the word “outstanding.” Last year there were only four ocean beach closings in the entire season.

Officials at the event also warned about rip currents. They noted that in North Carolina there have been five deaths already due to rip currents and fear something similar may happen in New Jersey. If you are caught in a rip current do not panic, wait for someone to help you, and if there’s nobody there — swim parallel to the beach.